Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A New Project On the Design Board

Last week I de-stashed and tried to organize some of my fabrics. I put all my 1930's reproduction fabrics into one drawer. I think I bought the first ones about 15 years ago. I had never cut into them. Part of them are pictured below. I love the bubblegum pinks and jade greens that were so popular in the 30's. I have a lot of Aunt Grace fabrics. They remind me of the aprons of my childhood.
I wanted to do a traditional block with them. I just could not choose a pattern. Then, one day I saw a YouTube video by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I love their videos. This one was how to make a Dresden Plate quilt. It looked so easy. You can see it here. So, when I was at JoAnn's last week I used a 40% off coupon to get the Easy Dresden tool. 

In the video she uses 5" blocks to cut the pieces from. I just simply cut a 5" wide strip and then used my tool to cut the pieces. The directions that came with the tool also cut 5"strips. The cutting went very quickly. 

Yesterday, after my quilt guild meeting I started the piecing. (I am always motivated by the beautiful quilts shown at my guild.) The blocks really are as easy to put together as it appears in the video. First you fold and sew across the wide end of the piece. I chain-pieced a lot of these, snipped apart, and turned. Then, I lined up the 20 pieces I needed for each Dresden plate. Here are some waiting on my sewing table ready to stitch together.
And, here was the result:
I made a couple of plates and they both laid flat. I was so excited that they turned out so well. My husband loved that they looked like neckties. I plan for the centers to be cut from a solid yellow fabric I found in my stash last week. The background fabric is a white on white pin dot. The sashing will be from the 30's prints and the cornerstones will be from the solid yellow. I am trying to calculate how to make this a bed-sized quilt. I love it!


Teresa in Music City said...

Ooooohhhh! I love it too!!! What a wonderful way to use your 30's fabrics! Weren't Martha's quilts just gorgeous yesterday? I can see how you were inspired to start these lovely dresdens =^..^=

Anonymous said...

NICE! I too have that tool, but never used it. You are inspiring me to start yet one more project. Enjoyed visiting with you yesterday!
the other Teresa

Melissa G. said...

Ooh, a woman after my own heart!! I love Dresden plates and LOVE 30s fabrics. Your plate is so pretty, can't wait to see more!

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